Linton Village Society June 2019 Minutes

Linton Village Society

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 4 June 2019 at 7.30pm

Committee: Ashley Guise (chair), Richard Bolton, Geoff Wilkinson, Tony Riall, Julie Brown

1. Members were welcomed.

2. Apologies had been received from J Carnell and R Scott

3. Minutes

The minutes of the previous AGM were agreed.

4. Matters Arising

There were no matters arising.

5. Treasurer’s Report

The Treasurer’s report was presented and agreed.

6. Kebble – Ridge Update

Given that the Ridge development had been approved the developers had three years to submit a detailed planning application. Local councillors (Ryan Stephenson, Matthew Robins and Sam Firth) in consultation with the Parish Council would have input into discussions.

Methodology and materials were matters that would be reviewed and it was hoped that a Committee representing local interests could meet with the developers. Linton was designated a dark village so there would be no street lighting.

Members raised a recent House of Lords ruling which indicated that where an individual property owner held a right of access to land this evaporated if the site were to be sold so that multiple owners required access.

7. Developments Around Wetherby (Eric Gallagher of Better Wetherby Partnership)

There were two key issues of concern to Linton:

• The Stockeld estate development which had planning consent for 201 houses adjacent to the Bellway scheme. This abuts NYCC, HBC and LCC boundaries. It had appeared likely to be rejected by HBC but after three meetings of the planning committee it was approved. Immediately the Better Wetherby Partnership (BWP) had launched a ‘calling’ procedure; however, the Minister had decided that Harrogate Borough Council were fit to make the decision. BWP were considering judicial review which might be expensive and might result in a recommendation that Harrogate review their own decision. It was noted that the affordable housing included would be included in Harrogate’s figures. Mr Gallagher also noted the lack of a national planning policy framework to cover boundary developments.

• Of more concern to Wetherby but affecting all areas was the outline planning application by Taylor Wimpy for 1,100 houses on the racecourse approach – Swinell Park – on the east side of the A1. This wraps around the young offenders’ site. The Chief Planning Officer at LCC was recommending consent. This would meet LCC targets for North East Leeds housing and is deemed a preferred site in the draft local plan. BWP are opposed to the scheme, having concerns about the impact for traffic in Collingham and Kirk Deighton, and put these concerns to the planning panel which deferred ta decision and asked the developers to undertake more consultation. There was a meeting at Wetherby Town Hall on Friday 7 June if members wished to participate. BWP were not opposed to all development but believed in better homes in better places and felt that there were more suitable sites within the Wetherby boundary. Unfortunately, this was problematic because the preferred sit crossed the boundary with Harrogate.

It was also noted that Thorp Arch had been designated for employment not housing in the local plan. LVS was supporting BWP and had sent a representative to recent meetings.

8. Village projects – Parish Council Update (Alison and Angela)

The annual Parish Council Meeting has been held in May. Councillors had spent considerable effort accessing funding and fundraising before utilising the precept and had been grateful for the work done by volunteers. This had been a significant year working on 43 projects including:

• The Collingham and Linton Remembers project for the centenary of the 1918 armistice. Blue plaques had been erected on buildings occupied at the time.

• Supporting Remembrance Day services In Collingham

• A new playground in Collingham which was delivered in 6 weeks

• Reviewing grant applications including Linton Memorial Hall which regularly receives a £5,000 grant from precept, and which has been offered four years’ payment in advance at £20,000 to fund a proposed extension.

• Consultation on a fixed speed indicator device to be installed after a survey by Leeds City Council

• Northgate Lane beck

• Beck Wood – benches, bike track and regular clean-up days

• Arranging the replacement of signage with the more traditional village signs.

• Bulb planting in the village.

Future projects include:

• Gateway features at the entrances to the village which are awaiting plans from the Highways Department before consultation can be completed

• Footpath development at Kiln Hill which is part of the planning conditions imposed on Kebble

Attendees were advised that there is a current vacancy for a parish councillor from the village and volunteers were sought.

9. Request Approval for Village Hall Support (S Ballantyne)

The issue was that the stage was the only suitable place to store tables and chairs. It was proposed to build an external store which would benefit the ground and lower floor to provide additional space.

The Linton Memorial Hall’s income came from grants, bequests and hiring fees. Improvements to date had included a new kitchen, new roof and heating system upgrades.

The trustees were requesting a contribution to the storeroom extension costs. In response to questions, it was noted that the likely cost would be £15,000 to £20,000; that there were no detailed plans or estimates at this stage; and members had heard that the Parish Council had offered to make advance payments of their grant but his was not new funding rather payment on account.

Attendees unanimously agreed a contribution could be made from LVS funds in principle but required further details before making a definite decision. We also need to see fully detailed plans and costings to be clear this is value for money. Members suggested a donation of around £5,000 might be reasonable. It was deemed important that LVS had sufficient funds to finance any future projects and contribute to any planning application consultations. It was also noted that funds of up to £500 would be required to support BWP as noted in item 7 above.

10. Address by Local Councillor (Ryan Stephenson)

• Councillors were working closely with the Parish Council on the Emmerdale panel.

• It was recognised that it was not satisfactory that 50% of local children went to schools in North Yorks – work was underway to improve matters especially as more housing would increase demand for places.

• Environmental policies were being reviewed, including possible requirements that any individual felled tree should be replaced by three new plantings.

• Work was to be undertaken on shaping developments – such as the situation with Kebble including considering where affordable housing should be provided

• The neighbourhood plan was completed. And Leeds did now have a clear strategy for future housing needs.

• LCC had decided that the 20mph speed limit proposed in central government guidance should be applied to every residential street. Signs should only be erected at the start and end of each zone, therefore, only on entrances into the village. Members noted that a plethora of street signs would urbanise the village environment.

11. Re-Election of Committee

The re-election of the current committee was proposed and seconded, and unanimously agreed.

12. AOB

The LVS constitution

It had been discussed during item 9 above that the existing constitution did not adequately define the role or workings of the society. This led to there been confusion over the extent to which the committee could act without exposure to challenge and was ambiguous as to due processes..

All agreed that the existing document needed updating to ensure it was fit for purpose.

After some discussion about the necessary changes (Roger Limbert) offered to assist in the re-drafting. The new constitution would then be presented to an extraordinary general meeting.

This was unanimously agreed.

13. Close

The chair thanked all for their attendance and contributions.

Linton Village Society AGM – 22nd May 2018 – Minutes

LINTON VILLAGE SOCIETY (LVS)

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM)

22nd MAY 2018

Apologies: Kevin Downie,  Ian Gilmore

  1. Minutes of last AGM approved

  1. A public hearing will be held on 5th June 2018 regarding the proposed Kebbell development on the Ridge site. The Chairman stated that village residents were encouraged to attend on the first day. Refreshments would be provided at the Windmill Inn prior to the meeting and transport would be made available for those who required it to the Leeds City Hall where the public hearing would be held.

  1. A defibrillator has been installed at the Village Hall and twelve people have attended a tutorial in order to be able to use it.

  1. Councillor Ryan Stephenson was introduced having been recently re elected. Ryan has been in post for two years and the LVS AGM that year was his first appearance. Ryan touched on the bridge closure and its grand re opening. Ryan also said that the Linton Neighbourhood Plan is viewed as a good plan of reference for other villages. A 20 mile per hour speed limit will be introduced in Linton and is likely to be in place this year. Stockeld Park development has been a concern due to the approval having been given by North Yorkshire County Council whilst the impact on Wetherby in West Yorkshire is likely to be significant. Ryan stated that both councils have a duty to co operate and work together in such circumstances. Wetherby have an active residents group so Ryan will put them in touch with Linton & Collingham as it could have a knock on effect regarding traffic etc from this large development. A decision regarding the proposed development has been deferred at present. Harewood Councillors are opposing the application due the adverse effect that providing extra services and increased traffic to the Wetherby area.

  1. With regards to the Kebbell proposed Ridge site development, Muddy Lane’s right of way is pivotal to any application. A question was raised as to whether the law of passing on ‘right of way’ to future landowners was legal. Will legal argument site visit include Muddy Lane? Ryan agreed to speak to Mr Copel (Barrister) on behalf of Leeds City Council (LCC). The LCC’s argument is that the Kebbell application is premature as LCC now have a site allocation plan due to be passed by September 2018.

  1. Some monies have been allocated to various projects around the village (Village green project and Village tree planting project). The LNP accounts have now been closed and remaining funds transferred back to the LVS account (as this money was originally donated by LVS for the plan).

  1. Ashley Guise (Chairman), Geoff Wilkinson, Tony Riall (Treasurer), Kevin Downie were re elected. Richard Bolton was elected as a new member. Jenny Guise, Adele Sheridan and Jill Bolton have all stepped down. Any other residents who wished to join the LVS committee would be very welcome.

  1. AOB – The Village Green project has now been completed and is viewed as a welcome improvement to the village. Many thanks to all those involved.

Meeting closed.

A resounding ‘Yes’ Vote for the Linton Plan

An Amazing Result!

Here are the results of the Referendum for the Linton Neighbourhood Plan held on Thursday 17th December:

  • 95.97% (262 votes) voted in favour of the Plan; and
  • 4.03% (11 votes) voted against the Plan.

The turnout was 48.32%. This is substantially over the national average for Neighbourhood Plans both for turnout and votes in favour of the Plan.

Thanks to everyone who has helped and supported this process.

A very Happy Christmas to you and your families.

The LNP Drafting Committee